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Report - Ballantines Distillery, Dumbarton, August 2011

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Dr stu, Aug 12, 2011.

  1. Dr stu

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    This is my first report, This place is not too far away from me so I decided to give it a try. Me and a friend are starting out with urbex and photography and are really enjoying it :) Feedback is much appreciated :thumb.

    Some history ripped from wikipedia.

    As the ship industry declined, whisky production grew to become the dominant industry in the town. In 1938 Hiram Walker's built a large whisky distillery on the river Leven (on the site of some of the old shipyards), the town became known as a major centre of the whisky industry in the mid to late 20th century. Hiram Walker was acquired by Allied brewers in 1988 to form Allied Distillers, itself becoming part of Allied Domeq before eventually being taken over in 2005 by the French based alcohol giant Pernod Ricard. The large Dumbarton distillery had been mothballed since 2002 and not long after the Pernod-Ricard takeover the giant red buildings of the Dumbarton 'Ballantine's' distillery which had dominated the town for over sixty years were earmarked for demolition and redevelopment (as of July 2008 only the tower remains standing). However the large bonded warehouse complex to the east of the town and the bottling complex to the north west were retained.

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    Looking down the lift shaft.
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    Some really nice views from the top!
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    Time to go home! :cool:
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    Thanks for looking. :D
     

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